It's a Triple Shot Thursday Here on WTSL

It's a Triple Shot Thursday Here on WTSL

Ever look something up on YouTube and then spend the next two hours chasing link after link? Yeah, that's what happened to me last night. I was mindlessly looking for some old school Sixers videos (because what else would I possibly be doing on a Wednesday night?) when I came across a mildly interesting video, which led to another slightly more interesting video, which in turn led to some downright amazing videos.

Now, based on the number of times these videos have been viewed it's not like I've unearthed any unseen/unheard of gems. However, when taken together the songs transport you to a time when the teams and athletes in town, for better or worse, strapped on the ear goggles and put out some music.

Hands down the Sixers song above is my favorite. You can't help but tap your Dr. J Converse wearing foot, sing along, and count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Sixers...10, 9, 8, 76ers. Fact, whenever I have kids I am bypassing School House Rocks and will teach my kids to count using this song.

The Phillies are next up with this 1976 track featuring Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Garry Maddox, Dave Cash, and Greg Luzinski. Sure, the guitar intro sounds straight out of Boogie Nights, but from a purely nostalgia standpoint it kind of works. Who am I kidding? This song is awful. The only redeeming part is the "Philllllllies Fever!" chorus. Shameful admission: I tormented my friends by playing this song between every inning of the Phils road games during their 2008 playoff run. I regret nothing.

[Enrico note: Eyyo, Rev: did you skip class this day? And this day? Tsk, tsk]

Creepy Foreshadowing Note: If you listen to the song backwards you can clearly hear Luzinski say "Danny Ozark. Black Friday. Manny Mota"

WARNING: The human ear is not capable of withstanding more than a minute or so of this song. I've never made it past the 1:36 mark.

 

Finally, the third of our triple shot Thursday comes from 1988. The Eagles check in with "Buddy's Watching You". I honestly do not even know where to begin with this one, so I'll play the track (radio term) and then share my thoughts.

 

 Yeah, this needs bullet points.

  • Jerome Brown (RIP) - does Michael Jackson know you've been raiding his wardrobe? Note the immediate continuity issue. JB rocks the aforementioned red and black jumpsuit and then is shown in a closeup wearing a white collared shirt. Production value!
  • Oh, Randall. How does the most amazingly fluid and athletic quarterback I've ever seen double as the worst dancer in the history of dancing? He honestly looks so happy to be there. Randall, Imma let you be you.
  • Mike Quick - in a sea of ridiculousness he still looks smooth. Yes, I am aware of the sweater and mock turtleneck combo he's wearing. He's Mike Quick. He looks cool no matter what.
  • Eriq La Salle aka Daryl Jenks from Coming to America is really rocking out in the control room. Bounce with 'em.
  • Luis Zendejas. In a cardigan. So innocent. So mustachioed. Completely unaware that a year later he'd have a $200 bounty on his head courtesy of Buddy Ryan. Yes, Luis, Buddy's watching you. Jessie Small, FTW.
  • Keith Jackson. For a guy who went to Oklahoma he's not that bad. Bonus points to Randall for chiming in during Jackson's verse with a Flava Flavesque "Yeah, boi". 
  • Reggie White (RIP) The Minister of Defense does not dance. "Reggie White, defensive end. Hit quarterbacks like they committed a sin." He's the lyrical liberator.
  • Wes Hopkins. Kind of scary. Very into the song. Refers to himself as "Wild, Wild, Wes." Wild, Wild, Wes was a beast, but not the smoothest cat ever. He gave his girlfriend a ticket for a seat in the Eagles family section, which wouldn't have been a big deal except that his wife was there too. Oops. Apparently Mrs. Hopkins wasn't afraid to hit either. The most willing dancer of the group. Jazz Hands!
  • Andre Waters (RIP). Probably my favorite Eagle from that era. Looks like he's contemplating hitting the microphone stand.
  • Serious Note: Unbelievable that three of these guys are dead (JB, Reggie, and Andre).
  • Greg Garrity. The sweater. The hair. The mustache. The sunglasses. The jeans. The white sneakers. Quintessential Philly. He could walk around Northern Liberties right now in that outfit and no one would bat an eye. Greg Garrity. Hipster.
  • Roynell Young. An obvious late addition to the group as witnessed by him reading the lines right off the paper. So relieved when he finishes his part.
  • David Little. Ended up in the wrong studio. Was supposed to be across the hall recording a Gary Barbera Dodgeland commercial. Engages in the most awkward high-five/bash brothers forearm smash with Hipster Garrity.
  • Seth Joyner could not make it that day as he was in the midst of a super intense 24 hour scowl.

Finally, I am kind of relieved that the Flyers have never put out a song. I don't think I'd ever recover from Kjell Samuelsson dancing while wearing that Jofa helmet.

I am sure I missed tons of amazingness from the Eagles video. Feel free to add your observations in the comments. Have any Philly music suggestions? It's an all request Thursday, so leave your thoughts below.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles can taste top spot

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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles can taste top spot

After beating up on the Cardinals, 34-7 in Week 5, the Eagles traveled to North Carolina for a Thursday night matchup against the Panthers. The Birds would use another composed and meticulous performance from Carson Wentz to sneak past the Panthers, 28-23.

Wentz finished with 222 passing yards and three touchdowns — backing up his best performance of the season so far in Week 5 against the Cardinals.

A victory over the Panthers puts the Birds at 5-1. They now hold the best record in the NFC and a 1.5-game lead in the NFC East over the Redskins who sit at 3-2.

Now the Eagles shift their attention to Washington, which is coming off of a 26-24 victory over the 49ers.

Before the Birds host Washington on Monday night, here's a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Up three spots to No. 2
Florio wrote, “Carson Wentz needs to avoid contact, or the Eagles won’t be able to avoid having to play multiple games without him.”

Wentz has been hit a total of 41 times this season on dropbacks, the eighth most in the NFL. And that doesn’t include the number of times he has been hit when running. Wentz has to err on the side of caution when it comes to getting hit because the Eagles would take a huge hit in performance, morale and confidence if he were to be out for a significant amount of time.

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Stayed at No. 2
Harrison wrote, “Two things I like — LeGarrette Blount getting 14 carries. Keep working him. Also, Nelson Agholor contributing big plays including the touchdown reception to end a second-half drive.”

Agholor received a lot of criticism the past two seasons because of his inability to catch the football and deservedly so. He has had a solid start to the season thus far. In total, he has caught 20 balls on 30 targets for 321 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns through six games this season are more than his total in his previous 28 games (three). Agholor has become a large part of the passing offense along with tight end Zach Ertz. Don’t expect it to change.

USA TODAY: Up three spots to No. 2
USA TODAY wrote, “Fletcher Cox leads front four that anchors league's best run defense and consistently jeopardizes quarterbacks without much blitz help."

Cox has been invaluable for the Birds this season and as a result, the run defense is in the top five. In the four games he has played this season, he has six total tackles and 2.5 sacks. The Eagles haven’t been rushing more than four on most occasions and have been able to get to the quarterback with ease. Moving forward, Cox’s value is huge to disrupting opposing offenses because of his size and speed in the middle of the line.

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Up two spots to No. 2
Schwab wrote, “A good argument can be made for them being No. 1. However, they played the No. 1 team and lost. It was a competitive game in Kansas City, but it’s still part of the resumes.”

Each rankings outlet used in this piece outside of The Washington Post is reluctant to put the Birds at the top spot. While losing to the Chiefs in a close one at Arrowhead could be the tiebreaker for most, I think it is worth considering the Eagles at No. 1. The Chiefs losing at home to a lost Steelers team is something to be taken note of for later.

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Up one spot at No. 2
Prisco wrote, “They are on a roll and showed at Carolina that they are one of the best teams right now. The defensive front is nasty.”

Last week, I wrote the game against Carolina was the Eagles’ biggest test thus far and they passed with flying colors. The game wasn’t as close as the score indicated because of a late Carolina touchdown. Cam Newton didn’t have any time to throw and his three interceptions came as a result of the defensive front for the Birds stepping up once again.

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Up two spots to No. 1
Maske wrote, “They have earned the top spot after an impressive triumph Thursday night at Carolina. Second-year QB Carson Wentz is getting better all the time while utilizing the help he has around him on a bolstered offense.”

Maske had the guts to put the Birds at the top and they have earned it. The fact of the matter is rankers can’t come to terms with the Eagles at the top because of what happened last year after a 3-1 start. Waiting in the wings on Monday night is Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, who are looking for revenge after an embarrassing performance against the Eagles in Week 1.

ESPN: Up two spots to No. 2
ESPN wrote, “The 5-1 start to the Eagles' season is bolstered by the fact they've won three on the road. Now they get to play their next three at home, where they're 2-0 this season and 8-2 over the past two years.”

Lincoln Financial Field has been good to the Eagles over the last two seasons and fans should expect the Linc to be filled to capacity on Monday night. The buzz surrounding the team continues to grow exponentially. Now all the Birds have to do is keep the momentum going.